Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump's Chief Economic Adviser Says Justin Trudeau "Stabbed Us in the Back"


White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that "we were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA" before Trudeau criticized the USA after a meeting of the Group of Seven nations, drawing a rebuke from Trump.

He followed up by tweeting: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak".

Kudlow had been negotiating nicely with Trudeau at the summit in Quebec and the USA had agreed to join the joint communique, but Trump pulled out after he felt betrayed by Trudeau's news conference where the prime minister called Trump's tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel exports "insulting".

CITY-President Donald Trump told the Group of Seven (G7) leaders that there should be no tariffs and barriers among the G7 countries, during the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

During a press conference after the summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flatly rejected a proposal by the White House to insert a sunset clause in a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

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Other G7 partners also seemed stunned by Mr Trump's reaction, and pledged to support the communique.

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Trudeau said: "I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly, the United States' move forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminium industry". Trump as a result did not sign onto the joint statement concluding the meeting.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

The Prime Minister's Office did release a statement late Saturday, following Trump's tweets, that said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

Former prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, reacts to dispute between Trump and Trudeau at the G7 summit and discusses the North Korea summit on 'Sunday Morning Futures'.

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The Prime minister's spokesman tweeting that what Trudeau said wasn't anything he hadn't already said to Trump himself. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G-7 statements.

Last week, Canada hit back at Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec.

Trump and European allies are also at odds over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the deal in which Iran curbed its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, and the Paris climate change accord. "President Trump is creating chaos".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

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